Prominent leaders of Muslim organizations and institutions
from 14 countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, China,
India, Pakistan, Nigeria and the Philippines have joined the 3-day
workshop-cum-brainstorming session which began here in Jeddah
Sunday. Aimed at empowering the Muslim NGOs, the workshop is organised by Islamic Development Bank (IDB)
department for communities in non-member countries.
"The Islamic Development Bank’s
community development workshop aims to empower Muslim NGOs in
different parts of the world by providing them with necessary
training to boost their leadership skills", Arab News
quoted Awadh Alassaime, director of the IDB department for
communities in non-member countries as saying.
"The program offers a good opportunity for Muslim community
leaders to meet one another and exchange their ideas and skills.
It shows the IDB is concerned about all Muslims in the world, not
only those in the member countries,” he added while speaking to
the Arab News after inaugurating the 3-day workshop Sunday.
Alassaime, who holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the
US, said his department has been supporting educational, health
and training projects of Muslim communities. “We encourage our
Muslim brethren in these communities to become good citizens in
their respective countries,” he added.
He emphasized the importance of education, saying it would help
change the situation of Muslims all over the world. The
department’s annual budget varies from one year to the other, he
said, adding that it finances about 50 projects every year. Since
1983, the department has provided grants of nearly $400 million
for Muslim communities in 110 countries.
“Since many senior members of Muslim NGOs come for Haj each year,
the IDB decided to utilize their presence in the Kingdom by
bringing them together to exchange experience, develop new ideas,
increase knowledge, sharpen skills and establish a global
community development network,” Alassaime said.